Hawaiian Pohole Ferns are rich, deep green and produce large fronds that range from three to six feet long. Vibrant green shoots unfurl from the coiled fernhead and are harvested from the interior when they are between 6 and 9 inches tall. This edible fern has a subtlety sweet and nutty flavor with a slightly chewy texture. Its taste has been compared to both okra and asparagus.
Carefully wash before preparing, washing away all fine hairs, silt and other debri. Cut off at least the bottom two inches of the stalk, which will be on the not so tender part.
Though some old time recipes call for the shoots to be simply washed and chopped, many home cooks and chefs blanch the just washed shoots in boiling water for 30 seconds to a few minutes, then refresh in a cold bath, rendering the shoots tender and a bright green.
Farms that Grow Pohole